Organized in 1880, the object of the Firemen's Association of the State of Pennsylvania shall be for the general improvement of the fire service throughout the state; to provide protection to disabled fire fighters and to those dependent upon them, through legislation enactment; to open upon the best manner and means for the fighting of fires and public fire safety education; to promote the organization of fire companies and fire departments in communities in need of such protection, and encourage a fraternal friendship among firefighters.
New article from Forbes details the fact that more firefighters committed suicide In 2017 than died In line of duty. NFPA's latest Needs Assessment report shows that not many departments have mental health programs despite this. Learn more: ow.ly/W40p30lXRTb... See MoreSee Less
This is why every company needs a chaplain trained to recognize and deal with this situation.
Adding some awareness training to the entry level training may help. In general we don’t talk about suicide. We don’t do a good job of talking to firefighters about what this job does to your body and mind. We talk Brotherhood but I often see more disrespect and back stabbing going on. People need to know they are not along when the demons come to visit.
The NVFC is hosting a FREE webinar Feb. 19 at 2pm ET on 'SAFER Grant Application Tips.' This grant funds fire department recruitment and retention initiatives. Get tips and best practices for a succes...